Whether it is a new mom craving caffeine or someone who is chasing a big project at work, and everyone in between, there is a reason to worry about overconsumption of caffeine. The pattern of drinking coffee during the day to ‘wind up’ for work, school, family obligations, and more, can lead to a ‘winding down’ of drinking wine to relax. The pattern can lead to an unlikely place people do not talk about much, which is dependence or addiction on either (or both) substances.
Caffeine is a stimulant, which is a drug. It triggers cortisol, which increases blood pressure and blood sugar. It does not sustain a person’s energy. Instead, the caffeine can cause a person to feel dehydrated, drained, or on edge for a large part of the day. Many people turn to alcohol as a means of unwinding, which stimulates neurotransmitters in the brain and disrupts sleep. This helps calm the nerves but can lead to exhaustion and caffeine consumption in a greater measure just to cope with exhaustion. This relationship can emerge over time to develop into dependence or even poly-drug use where a person uses two or more substances.
There is research to suggest getting enough sleep can help people kick the habit of wanting (or needing) caffeine during the day to stay away. As a new mom, there is little chance of getting good sleep with a newborn in the house. However, there are ways to catch up on sleep during the day that can be helpful. Avoiding spicy food before bed, drinking enough water, and making sure to stay away from the wine will help ensure a better night’s sleep (or overall rest).
Getting enough good food will help keep a person from going overboard on drinking coffee or caffeine and drinking wine in the evening. Veggies, low processed foods, and protein are key. Caffeine is used as a pick-me-up because it feels healthy to have energy, except when the crash comes after, bringing anxiety and worries to the forefront.
Finding ways to unwind in a healthy way helps people move away from drinking wine ‘just to relax.’ Instead of getting another glass of wine, some tips to unwind in a healthy way can include taking a bath, meditating, reading a book, doing yoga, or finding quiet space to rest. For people with deeper challenges with wine, including dependence or, even, addictive behaviors, it is best to seek advice from treating physicians and those who can provide healing in the form of addiction recovery support. It may take a while to break the habit and get away from using these drugs, but it is possible to find help and recover.
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